Top Tips for Taking Photos of Your Dog

Your friends, family, colleagues and acquaintances are all tired of seeing the same photo of your dog every day. This article will give you the right tips for snapping pictures of your pup. If you must fill their inboxes with dog photos, they may as well be the best dog photos you’ve ever taken!

Find the Perfect Background and Angles

Your dog will stand out against simple backgrounds that contrast with their colouring. Avoid dark backgrounds for black or brown dogs and light backgrounds for white dogs. A green field or white sand with minimal background distractions will perfectly frame your pooch. Being outdoors with a lot of natural light will help maintain clarity with higher shutter speeds.

Bend down to the same level as your dog so they fill the frame. Close-up photos often look better than those taken from a distance. Play around with your angles; try profile shots or 45-degree angles and take as many photos as you can. Practice makes perfect and with a digital camera, you can worry less about getting the right photo on the first try.

Getting Your Dog’s Attention

Call your dog’s name or make calm and confident noises to get them to look at the camera. Dogs will usually look directly at a treat, so place it near the camera or move it around to change the angle of their gaze. If you convince a friend to help you with your photo shoot, you’ll have endless options of where to focus your dog’s attention.

If you want a perfect shot of your dog smiling, take them for a quick run or throw a ball around immediately before taking photos. A panting, content puppy will look up at you with an adorable grin.

Let your dog get used to the camera’s look and sounds before commencing the photo shoot –you don’t want photos of a confused or anxious pooch. Don’t forget to reward your dog’s efforts with treats!

Lights, Camera, Action!

As with all photography, finding the right lighting is paramount for the shots you’ll have hanging on your wall for years to come. Avoid using a flash as it will distract your pet and has the potential to frighten them. You also don’t want 100 photos of terrified red-eyed dogs. Natural light in a shaded area works the best and outdoor locations look excellent in candid shots. Have a fiddle with the camera’s exposure settings to figure out what suits your individual dog the best.

Eliminating the Blur

Dogs are instinctually active and will never understand the purpose of standing perfectly still for strange, human hobbies. Use a fast shutter speed to freeze the action and take rapid, candid photos of your dog playing in their element. ‘Sports mode’ is a good beginner choice as it chooses the fastest shutter speed for your activity and you don’t have to be an expert in aperture. A series of clear photos of your dog playing can make for an amazing photoset to frame or flood your friends’ emails. If you’re shooting on your phone and want to make sure that you’re able to capture every moment with your animal, try holding down your shutter button for a continuous burst of photos, allowing you to go back later on and pick the perfect moment of your pup licking his nose.

Interested in learning more about understanding and training your dog? Contact the NDTF online or call 1300 66 44 66.